Saskatchewan

Missing student concerns Saudi Arabia

The disappearance of a University of Saskatchewan student, who has not been seen since mid-December, has become a concern to the government of Saudi Arabia which has stepped up efforts to locate the man.
A student at the University of Saskatchewan has been missing since mid-December, Steve Pasqualotto reports. 2:22

The disappearance of a University of Saskatchewan student, who has not been seen since mid-December, has become a concern to the government of Saudi Arabia which has stepped up efforts to locate the man.

Hamza Alsharief, who is an engineering student, disappeared Dec. 14.

U of S engineering student Hamza Alsharief has not been seen since Dec. 14. (Photo submitted to CBC)
The government of his home country, Saudi Arabia, has placed ads in newspapers and on television seeking the public's help to find Alsharief.

Saudi ambassador Osama A. Al Sanosi also visited Saskatoon Wednesday to express concern about the missing man.

"I came here to meet with the mayor and police to emphasize sparing no efforts in trying to find anything, any clue, any leads," the ambassador said.

A friend of Alsharief says the student had excellent grades and was well-liked.

Nawaf Alokaiel said his friend often went for walks along the river in Saskatoon and was last seen leaving his downtown apartment.

"Maybe one day he went to either one of his walks and got attacked or even he fall down in the river," Alokaiel said.

He said Alsharief left his passport, wallet and one of his two cells phones behind.

Police in Saskatoon say they have not seen any evidence of foul play, relating to the man's disappearance.

The Saudi government has also hired a private detective to look at the case.

With files from CBC's Steve Paqualotto